Forget those who place thousands or even millions of cash on sport betting, a forth year student at Great Zimbabwe University sacrifices his academic future and reiterates his promise to defer only if Chelsea snatch away the Premier League title from their London rivals Tottenham at the end of the season.
By Lotara Charles
Chelsea dropped three points last weekend to Manchester United, a result which closed the gap from seven points lead to just four points making the title race wide open, with both teams having five games to play before the dramatic 2016/17 premier league campaign comes to an end and the forth year first semester student who preferred to remain anonymous, is confident Antonio Conte’s men will lose the league.
“Look at how the gap is narrowing between Chelsea and Tottenham, from 15 points clear, to just 4 points. It’s game on! If Chelsea win the Premier League title I will defer my studies” said the 23 years old Man United – Tottenham turned fan.
It is however not surprising in the betting arena that some soccer fanatics especially the married ones, go as far as placing their spouses. It happened in Uganda in 2011 where a man optimistically put his wife as a bet when Manchester City and Man United headed for a crucial derby which would determine the fate of the title race. The case which controversially ended up in the court of law saw the man almost losing his wife, thanks to the Uganda’s Women’s Rights group that blocked the move.
The sport world is filled with extraordinary obsession especially with the fans to the extent that they do whatever it takes to silence the odds.
The left-back should learn from his Old Trafford team-mate in his bid to start for the Red Devils, Jose Mourinho said.
Man United left back Luke Shaw
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho told Luke Shaw he would have to earn his chance, urging the full-back to learn from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
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England international Shaw was left out of the United squad to face Saint-Etienne in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.
Shaw, 21, has had limited opportunities this season, making just 14 appearances in all competitions.
And Mourinho said the left-back would be given nothing without earning it.
“He stayed behind in Manchester because I’m playing with Daley Blind, with Marcos Rojo, with Matteo Darmian, and all of them are playing the way I like a full-back to play,” he said.
“Luke has to wait for his chance and work better and better, knowing I give nothing for free.
“When I give something to the players, it’s expensive for them – it’s not cheap.
“They have to work hard every day, they have to play well, so he has to wait. And, at this moment, he’s behind the others.”
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Mourinho said Shaw could use team-mate Mkhitaryan as an example in his bid to break into the United side.
The former Borussia Dortmund attacker had to wait for his opportunity before taking it and becoming a crucial player at Old Trafford.
“Potentially, he [Shaw] has many things that I like but one thing is potentially, another thing is on the pitch to express all the qualities that I like a player to express,” Mourinho said.
“And he has to keep working, like Mkhitaryan did for a long time.”
According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Everton are hoping to scupper Manchester City‘s attempts to sign Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by tempting the winger to Goodison Park this summer.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
The Mirror reports that the 23-year-old will be out of contract at the end of next season and is planning to consider his options when the curtain comes down on this current campaign.
And it appears that he will not be short on potential opportunities away from the Emirates with the Mirror reporting that the Toffees are set to battle Pep Guardiola’s men for his signature.
However, Ronald Koeman may face an uphill battle trying to land the England international as the Mirror adds that City are in pole position to win the race and complete a deal.
But it would not be a surprise if Everton were ultimately able to surprise City, should the former Southampton man decide that he needs to move on and leave the Emirates.
After several years of struggling to really hold down a spot in Arsene Wenger’s team, Oxlade-Chamberlain may find it much easier to believe that he will enjoy a lot more first-team football at Goodison Park than he would in Manchester given the incredible depth that City have in attacking areas.
Everton appear to be a club moving in the right direction currently, so it would surely make sense for the youngster to consider taking one step back as it may see his career ultimately move to the level that he has only threatened to reach at Arsenal.